Joe Balaz writes in Hawaiian Islands Pidgin (Hawai'i Creole English). He is the author of Pidgin Eye, a collection of poetry. The book was featured by NBC News for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2019. Balaz presently lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joe recommends Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu.
It’s just like keeping saltwatah fish
in wun aquarium witout wun filter.
Spooky kine stuff
dat Einstein nevah agree wit
is eerily going on out deah
or in heah
Josh wuz mind wandering
and waiting foa da bus
wen some ghostly figures
came walking around da corner
to stand behind him
as he sat on wun bench.
Sorry about my uncooperative nature
but I’m just not into accepting snake oil
and being bamboozled and sold
on da boastful and promising pitch.
cause all dose levees made of dung
nevah seem to hold up so well.
Carolyn just loves
da new house in Kahala.
Hard to believe dat she grew up as wun local
cause she look and act like wun Katonk.
Da predators are tinking
it’s time foa wun feast
unaware dat dey going get fleeced.